HCSO Arrests Felony Warrant Suspects Parked in ‘Suspicious Vehicle’ Under Van Duzen Bridge

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Hoeflich (Left), Maez (Right)

On July 18, 2018, at about 8 a.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in the Alton area observed a suspicious vehicle parked under the Van Duzen Bridge on the river access road. 

Upon approaching the vehicle, deputies discovered two females inside. Both women had active felony warrants for their arrest. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located approximately 15.7 pounds of processed marijuana and approximately 1.8 grams of methamphetamine.

Shala Hoeflich, 41, of Riverbank, CA, was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on two felony warrants out of Mendocino County, in addition to fresh charges of false identification to a peace officer, possession of concentrated cannabis and possession of a controlled substance.

Laura Edeane Maez, 37, of Redway, was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on a felony warrant out of Humboldt County for charges of elder abuse, possession of a firearm within 10 years of conviction and theft from an elder. Maez was also booked on fresh charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of over 28.5 grams marijuana.

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.



  • Drugs are bad mmkay

  • “When you’re doing something illegal, don’t do something else illegal. “

  • Nothing wrong with the Drug, it’s what folks decide to do once under the influence.Personally, I can’t stand the shit,but! The drug itself never forced any one to partake of it,,,till said person made the decision. Not once or twice,,,,,every time.

    • the misadventures of bunjee

      Being under a bridge and not fishing or swimming makes one’s presence a bit suspicious.

  • Hey, let’s do a drug deal under the bridge. What can go wrong?

  • Cannabis- all of it’s people are wonderful medicine healers. Sure sometimes they abuse and steal from elders but other than that they are all magical heroes of planetary evolution and consciousness!! Gallegos was right- Leave them alone!!!

    • Gallegos was a 🐖

    • You’re the farce if you lump EVERYONE into 1 category! The gold rush is over the green rush is what’s happening . Many I.D. cards are other zip codes lookin to get rich quick,it’s legal.There were stats in the T-S said” 2016 doctors wrote more scripts for pharmaceutical opioids than there are residents in Humboldt” but don’t give me a gatewayreply cuz these are Junkies!

  • Operating a carpet cleaning service under a bridge without a license is bad Mmkay

  • Think I saw these girls pulled over on the side of 36 by wildwood, had trunk open and i thought these girls are changing a tire. pulled over to help and the girls closed the trunk and speed off. the trunk was full of bags. was a light colored benz.

  • Nice pot.cristal shouldn’t be used to prostitute children.

  • Stealing from your grandparents! Nice girl, not!

  • I remember Laura, she worked at The Benbow Inn about 2 decades ago. Sweet young thing was fired for stealing tips and Sherry back then.

  • When these ladies obviously had a readily available hiding spot, how do they still get caught with stuff like that? I mean seriously… The 15 lbs might be hard to hide. But the other stuff? Coooommmeeee oonnnnnn!!!!!

  • Elder abuse???? Nuff said. Hang ’em.

  • Devil’s dandruff….

  • Just had to hit that methpipe for a minute before the big sale . How else were they going to keep an eye on all the tweeky customers a tweeker has to deal with. If all the customers are radiating high on meth and your sober they might think to outsmart you with some incoherent babble and fet one over in you. So you gotta be high on meth full speed ahead to keep control of the situation you know how it is right


  • It’s sad that elders and disabled folk here are so desperate for help that they fall prey to this whole class of tweaker chicks that call themselves ” caregivers” with no licensing or training. They just steal from their patients and move on to the next victim…

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